NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard scored two goals in each half as the Bears topped Nichols 4-0 in non-conference action Tuesday night on the Coast Guard Academy campus.
With the win, Coast Guard improves to 2-1 on the season, while the Bison drop their first game of the year and fall to 2-1.
Junior Kali Borden scored her first goal of the season while sophomore Lizzie Miller and Sabrina Robertson each scored their first collegiate goal. Sophomore Claire Hurley added two assists pushing her team leading season point total to four. Freshman Kat Retz notched her first collegiate assist as well.
Coast Guard came out strong to start the game as freshman Kylee Ballard rifled a shot on goal that was blocked. The rebound found the feet of Borden on the left side who sent a shot to the far post. Junior goalkeeper Brooke Downey dove to her left and pushed the ball wide for a Bears corner kick.
Nichols shifted the pressure on the next attack as senior Taylor Souza found space on the left side of the Coast Guard penalty box and sent a shot to the right corner. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Boohar dove to her left knocking the ball away from goal and out of play.
The Bears scored their first goal in the 27th minute as Hurley got free on the left side and sent a cross into the Bison's box. Robertson collected the cross on the opposite side of the box, settled and lifted a shot over the out stretched hands of Downey for her first goal of the season.
Coast Guard went into the half with a two-goal lead as freshman Karina Jensen sent a corner kick into the Nichols box. After a Robertson shot was blocked, Hurley sent another shot towards goal but It deflected off a defender to Miller who connected with her head and into the back of the goal with 39:06 on the clock.
Just over 12 minutes into the second half Retz sprung Borden down the right side with a long pass. Borden held off her defender as she took a touch into the box and fired a shot into the opposite corner for the third goal of the game.
The Bears finished off the scoring in the 63rd minute as Hurley stripped her defender in the left corner and knocked a cross into the center of the Bison's box. A Nichols defender attempted to control the cross but instead pushed it into the net for the own goal and what proved to be the final score in the 4-0 win.
Boohar (2-1) played 66:53 making one save on one shot on goal. Sophomore Megan Houpt came on for the final 23:07 facing zero shots and finishing off the second straight clean sheet for Coast Guard.
Downey (2-1) took the loss making five saves on nine shots on goal allowing four goals.
The Bears are back in action Tuesday, September 12th when they travel to Newport, Rhode Island to take on Salve Regina in a non-conference contest. Opening kickoff is 4:00.